CCOG for ECE 177 Summer 2024

Course Number:
ECE 177
Course Title:
Tiny to Tall: Making Mixed Age Groupings Work
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Course Description

Covers working with mixed-age groups in early childhood settings, including children from infancy through elementary school age. Addresses the challenges and benefits of creating quality environments and programming for children of mixed ages. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is designed to enhance the knowledge base of our degree-seeking students (who are required to take 6 – 10 credits of elective credit) while also providing an accessible, interesting, and relevant course to students who are seeking to meet their professional development requirements and/or who might have limited experience in the college setting.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Articulate the developmental and programmatic benefits of mixed age groupings.

  • Articulate plans for creating quality programs for mixed-age groups.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will…

  1. Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
  2. Complete written observations and assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Overview of developmental needs and characteristics from infancy through school age.
  2. Developmental benefits and challenges of mixed age groups.
  3. Programmatic benefits and challenges of mixed age groups.
  4. Addressing challenges and barriers.
  5. Involving families in planning and maintaining mixed age classrooms and environments.
  6. Specific curricular and environmental considerations (regulatory) and characteristics (equipment, materials, and activities) of mixed age programs.